Baby Food: Gingered Carrots and Cauliflower Blend

Ingredients: Makes 2 1/4 cups 5 carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch thick coins 2 cups cauliflower florets 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger or sub in 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin for a smokier flavor Steps In a medium saucepan, bring 2 inches of water to a simmer. Place a steamer basket over the water. Add theContinue reading “Baby Food: Gingered Carrots and Cauliflower Blend”

Baby Food: Butternut Squash and Kale Blend

This blend gives your baby two nutritional powerhouses in one spoonful. There are many types of kale available these days. For the quickest cooking time and most tender result, look for Tuscan kale, also called lacinato or dinosaur kale. Ingredients: Makes 2 1/4 cups 2 1/2 cups chopped kale, thick stems removed Tip: To prepareContinue reading “Baby Food: Butternut Squash and Kale Blend”

Baby Food: Broccoli-Apple Swirl Blend

Steps: Makes about 2 cups Steam 4 cups broccoli florets until tender, about 10 minutes. Cool slightly and transfer to a blender with 1/4 cup water. Blend until desired consistency, adding a bit of water if needed to help it blend. Stir into 3/4 cup Apple Purée (recipe below) Apple Purée: Makes 2 cups IngredientsContinue reading “Baby Food: Broccoli-Apple Swirl Blend”

10 Rules for Preparing Homemade Baby Food

Practice safe food handling practices. Always wash your hands before cooking and after handling raw meat, eggs, or poultry. Avoid cross-contamination by thoroughly washing your cutting board and knife after chopping raw proteins. Before steaming, roasting, or poaching food, cut it into similarly-sized chunks so the pieces cook at about the same rate. Be carefulContinue reading “10 Rules for Preparing Homemade Baby Food”

When to Feed your Baby Solids?

When you’re about to feed your baby solid food for the first time, it’s important to be familiar with the most recent official recommendations from groups like the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the World Health Organization (WHO). But it’s even more critical to know your child and to be flexible when it comesContinue reading “When to Feed your Baby Solids?”

Pasta with Spinach Pesto

Ingredients for Pesto: Makes 1 cup pesto One 5 oz. package baby spinach 2 cups basil, packed 1/4 cup walnuts, lightly toasted 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese 1 small clove garlic 1/2 cup olive oil For Serving: 1/4 cup cooked whole-grain penne pasta Steps: Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Add theContinue reading “Pasta with Spinach Pesto”

8+ Months: Cornmeal and Zucchini Pancakes

Serve these wholesome pancakes with Greek yogurt, sour cream, or applesauce for dipping. Ingredients: Makes about 24 pancakes 2 large zucchini, grated (about 5 cups) 1/4 cup finely chopped scallions 2 large eggs 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese 3/4 cup milk Freshly ground pepper to taste 2 cups cornmeal 1 teaspoon baking powder 7Continue reading “8+ Months: Cornmeal and Zucchini Pancakes”

8+ Months: Maple Graham Animals

Skip the trans fat and high-fructose corn syrup found in many processed animal crackers. Mix up this lightly sweetened whole-grain dough instead and cut away. Animal-shaped crackers are cute, but little circles and stars also delight. Ingredients: Makes about 60 small crackers 1/2 cup whole-wheat graham flour or whole-wheat flour 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, plusContinue reading “8+ Months: Maple Graham Animals”

8+ Months: Smoky Squash Cakes

Babies and toddlers will love this veggie pancake. Nutrition bonus: butternut squash is full of vitamin A. Ingredients: Makes 12 patties 1 cup butternut squash puree 1 egg, beaten 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs 1 scallion, finely chopped 2 tablespoons chopped clinatro 3/4 teaspoon cumin 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more if necessary Steps In aContinue reading “8+ Months: Smoky Squash Cakes”